“The first one to plead his cause seems right, Until his neighbor comes and examines him.” – King Solomon, Proverbs 18:17 (KJV)
Our country is very divided right now.
Some say it’s due to the Donald Trump presidency. Others say it has been divided, but the Trump presidency only highlights it. Either way, we all know our country is at odds with itself politically.
Unfortunately, lifelong friendships have been destroyed as a result of the current political climate. Many of us have experienced people “unfriending” and “blocking” us on social media just because we have differing views.
Some reading this column have “unfriended” or “blocked” others because we felt the relationships become toxic. All this is due to our contrary political opinions and our inability to accept others who don’t share our opinions.
Last year, I visited family and friends in the deep south. A friend dared to don a “Make America Great Again” ball cap. I didn’t notice until he was asked to remove it. He chose not to, and proceeded to shop. I was made even more uncomfortable as he checked out. The cashier made several harsh comments to my friend, but my friend, who is hard of hearing, didn’t catch any of her inappropriate digs.
All of this was in a very popular big box store!
This week, we reached the culmination of weeks of our mass media outlets being overrun by the impeachment theatrics in Washington, D.C. The impeachment of Donald Trump was openly discussed prior to him even becoming the Republican nominee. It was further discussed rather openly by media outlets before he was elected as well. Politico published an article, “Could Trump Be Impeached Shortly After He Takes Office?” on April 17, 2016.
Discussions of impeachment became a regular thing after he was elected.
Although Nancy Pelosi repeatedly rejected the idea of impeachment, fearing the negative PR her party might receive if they pursued it. Even so, she eventually caved to the mounting pressure and led the charge. We now have been dragged through the whole thing.
Mass media outlets seem uniform in their bias against our president, but he doesn’t seem to care. He appears to delight in irritating them and anyone who opposes him. It’s almost as if he likes the fight.
Most of us don’t do our homework when it comes to the news. We simply digest what we’re fed. Most of us don’t even listen to sources that might give us contrary opinions to our own. So, if we tend to be supportive of the Democrat Party or its ideals, we use sources like The New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, Politico, Factcheck, Politifact, Snopes and the like. If we tend to support the Republican Party or its ideals, we use sources such as The Washington Times, Fox News, National Review, Newsmax, Prager University, The Epoch Times, Truth or Fiction and the like.
One side claims Trump broke the law and is being protected by the Republican Party die-hards. They say it’s unfair to not call witnesses — that it means they’re hiding something. The other side claims the Democrats are just trying to undo the rightful election of the president.
The Democrats seemed right. However, if one actually studies to understand impeachment and what actually happened, then it would be clear the Democrats were in a hurry and chose not to call witnesses in the House – where witnesses were supposed to be called.
They forfeited their opportunity. Their job was to provide the evidence, and they failed.
Do your homework. Seek to understand the contrary opinions. Ignorant talk is foolishness. Christians, remember to love one another.
Pastor Jeff Adams is a professional Christian counselor who travels the world teaching but serves our community. His column appears weekly. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.